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The traditional look of windfarms, like the one above, could be changing if an article I read on News.com recently is anything to go by. The piece was about a new type of wind turbine from a company called FloDesign.
The devices have:
- -shorter sturdier rotors so the turbines can be placed closer together. This also vastly eases the problems associated with transporting normal blades
- -smaller blades which also means that the turbines can continue operating at higher wind speeds long after existing wind turbines would have to shut down
- -a fin which points it into the wind, negating the need for a motor to turn it and thus making it easier to maintain and more efficient and
- -a cowled prop, not unlike jet engines, which generates vortices. These vortices magnify the energy from the wind allowing them to capture 3-4 times more energy than traditional wind turbines.
For more check out this fascinating video put together by the company: